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Beijing MM Farm Hotel Renovation / Domain Architects

July 6, 2022 Collin Chen 0

In contrast to the extremely urbanized downtown, the mountain area surrounding the city center of Beijing is still kept rural and natural. The site was a primary school abandoned for years in a mountain village in Beijing, consisting of four rows of brick and timber frame houses arranged in a repeated way and surrounded by high perimeter walls. As a rental property, the client wanted to renovate it into a high-end boutique hotel. Due to the lease terms and local regulations, any addition, subtraction, or major change to the original structures was not allowed. The project hired local villagers for construction in order to strengthen the connection with the village. Affected by the COVID-19 traffic controls, the building materials had to be sourced from locations as close as possible, while the actual construction time was only three months. Therefore, we had to find a low-tech and light intervention strategy to reform the site experience.

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De Voortuinen Apartment Building / Elephant

July 5, 2022 Andreas Luco 0

Office to residential conversion. Once the head office of a national bank, now a residential tower and the starting point of a new vibrant neighborhood Westerpark West in Amsterdam. Elephant has turned city life inside out and changed the classic residential tower for good.

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House Around a Chimney / fala

July 5, 2022 Susanna Moreira 0

Some say that renovations of beautiful buildings should be respectful and polite. Some say that they should be assertive or bear a punk attitude. Not choosing would be tepid. Here is an attempt at doing both.

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Apiacás House Renovation / entre escalas

July 4, 2022 Susanna Moreira 0

The house on Apiacás street is part of a group of row houses built in the 1950s. The intervention on the original construction proposes to rethink the relationship between the different areas of the house, proposing new spatialities. 

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Wintercircus Renovation / Baro Architectuur bv + SUMproject

July 3, 2022 Pilar Caballero 0

The official inauguration of the ERDF spaces marks the first step in the reopening of the old Wintercircus, later the Mahy garage and home to a unique collection of vintage motors. Built behind the street façades, this place has always been one of the best-kept secrets in Ghent. Until now, that is. Access, via 3 entrances, is soon to be given to the breathtaking space of the central square.

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Loft in Poblenou / NeuronaLab + Ana García

July 1, 2022 Pilar Caballero 0

The renovation of this contemporary home springs from the need to reorganize its volume in terms of space. The original project lacked optimization when it comes to the height of more than four meters, as well as lacking hierarchy within its space. Furthermore, it offered no solution for storage.

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Creation of Banwan Village / Almost studio

July 1, 2022 Collin Chen 0

Bouyei traditional villages in the mountains
Banwan Village is located in the mountains of southwest Guizhou province. This is a very well preserved traditional Buyi village because of its remoteness. In 2016, Banwan Village was selected to be the target of reconstruction by TV station. They built a primary school there. After the mass shoot, the mountain fell silent again. Nonprofit organizations run Minor renovations until in the village. At the end of 2020, “Almost Studio” entered the mountain based on the works of senior designers. It presided over the transformation design of Bouyei traditional buildings and the environmental construction of the whole village. The cutting-edge technical is not necessary in rural area, countryside needs “not so smart” architect. Sometimes rural design has nothing to do with popular aesthetics. it requires architects to take root in the site patiently, design architectural issues from a local perspective with local materials. Architects should evaluate the technical level of the construction team and consider logistics and costs, ignore design boundaries and solve local problems effectively

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Beiramar House / Merooficina

June 30, 2022 Susanna Moreira 0

Casa da beiramar is located in one of Aveiro’s ancient fishermen neighborhoods, beira-mar, a downtown landscape of long and narrow old fishermen houses built on adobe, coated by colorful tiles of the local industry and filled with green ceramic flowerpots.

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Beiramar House / Merooficina

June 30, 2022 Susanna Moreira 0

Casa da beiramar is located in one of Aveiro’s ancient fishermen neighborhoods, beira-mar, a downtown landscape of long and narrow old fishermen houses built on adobe, coated by colorful tiles of the local industry and filled with green ceramic flowerpots.

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Family House Renovation in Blonay / Graber & Petter Architectes Sàrl

This family house, typical of domestic 1970s architecture in Switzerland, has been completely renovated. Its location in the upper parts of the village of Blonay, offers its inhabitants an unobstructed view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Subtle and specific interventions on the original reinforced concrete structure have freed up certain spaces revealing the potential of the house. The renovation therefore enhances the essence of the existing spaces while reinterpreting certain elements to reveal their functional and spatial qualities.